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Organizations Demand ICE Release Detained Memphis Journalist

April 5, 2018

Memphis, TN — Today, Comunidades Unidas en Una Voz, Detention Watch Network, and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition called on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to immediately release Manuel Duran, a well-known Spanish language journalist in Memphis. Manuel was arrested on April 3rd by the Memphis Police Department while he was conducting his work as a reporter and covering an immigrant detention protest held by local groups outside of the county jail.

The House bankrolls Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda as the movement to end the detention and deportation machine continues to intensify

March 22, 2018

Washington, DC — After months of negotiations, today, the House of Representatives paved the path for a proposal to fund the federal government to the tune of $1.3 trillion with the Senate set to vote on it ahead of tomorrow’s midnight deadline.

As it relates to immigration, the funding bill includes money for:

Public Outrage Over Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda Results in a Clear Demand to Members of Congress: Reduce Funding for ICE and CBP

March 14, 2018

Washington, DC — Today’s release of a congressional letter led by Representatives Gutiérrez, Espaillat and Grijalva is the latest addition to a growing demand from constituents, advocates and Members of Congress for significant cuts in funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

HAPPENING NOW: Immigration Rights Advocates Deliver over 130,000 Petitions to Senate and Representative Offices

March 13, 2018

Washington, DC — Today, Tuesday March 13, immigrant activists will deliver over 130,000 petition signatures gathered by American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), CREDO, Detention Watch Network (DWN) and MoveOn to demand that Members of Congress #DefundHate by publicly calling for significant cuts in funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), and fight against any funding bill which wastes taxpayer dollars on this unaccountable and abusive immigration enforcement system.

Two deaths in Southern Immigrant Detentions Centers in the Same Month

February 22, 2018

Miami, FL — Immigrant rights organizations, including Florida Immigrant Coalition, Southern Poverty Law Center and Detention Watch Network, are demanding an immediate investigation and public release of the findings on the death of Luis Ramirez-Marcano. Cuban immigrant Ramirez-Marcano, 59, died on February 19 while in the custody of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after being detained at the Krome Detention Center in Florida.

New Report Exposes ICE’s Mismanagement, Disregard for Government Oversight of Immigration Detention System

February 13, 2018

Washington, DC — A new report, ICE Lies: Public Deception, Private Profit, released today by Detention Watch Network and the National Immigrant Justice Center, exposes Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) egregious patterns of fiscal irresponsibility, opacity in management, and disregard for congressional oversight in its detention system. Such irresponsible governance results in system-wide abuses and even deaths.

Detention Watch Network Condemns Trump’s Anti-Immigrant FY 19 Budget

February 12, 2018

Washington, DC — Today, the Trump administration released their proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. Trump is asking taxpayers to support massive cuts to  social and environmental programs while allocating billions of dollars to put more people behind bars and ramp-up the deportation force that will rip people from their families and tear communities apart.

Immigrant Rights Leader Ravi Ragbir and Community Organizations File First Amendment Lawsuit Challenging the Targeting of Immigrant Rights ActivistsFederal Government Agrees to Stay Mr. Ragbir’s Deportation Temporarily 

February 9, 2018

New York, NY — Immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir, together with the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, CASA de Maryland, Detention Watch Network, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the New York Immigration Coalition, filed suit (Ragbir v.

Third death in Georgia immigrant detention centers in less than a year

February 1, 2018

Atlanta, GA — Immigrant rights organizations, Georgia Detention Watch, Project South and Detention Watch Network demand an immediate investigation and public release of the findings into the death of Yulio Castro-Garrido. Castro-Garrido, 33, died on Tuesday while in the custody of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after being detained at the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia.

DWN slams Trump’s SOTU address on immigration

January 31, 2018

Washington, DC — In response to Trump’s divisive State of the Union address, Detention Watch Network’s Organizing Director, Danny Cendejas issued the following statement:

“Despite his claims, Trump’s mission is the antithesis of righteous. He used the address as yet another depraved call for the administration’s anti-immigrant agenda to come to fruition at the expense of immigrant lives and healthy communities nationwide.